#17: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – I Need You

 

Any Nick Cave album is an intense and emotionally rich occasion, but ‘Skeleton Tree’ cannot be compared to any other chapter in his remarkable career. Recorded in part as Cave and his family were grieving for the loss of his son Arthur, the songs take on an immensely powerful and disarmingly personal dimension. Alongside the moving film ‘One More Time With Feeling’, which saw a brief cinematic run ahead of the album’s release, Cave has elected to allow the listener into his private space at times, which for a figure that has often come across as stern and austere was a particularly striking move. It doesn’t feel right to single out one track from the record, or to include it amongst other more trivial songs, but it cannot be ignored.

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